Which Superhero Are You?

JanicAbout Janic, Guest Blog, Personal Leadership2 Comments

As I create content for Ripple’s Live in the Moment blog, there will be times I will need a break from writing. More importantly I want to create an environment where we can learn from each other through experiences and dialogue.

Guest bloggers will represent various stages of life, career and industries. For me, leadership is about who we say we are and what we do day-to-day. Following each post, I will ask guest authors to answer a series of questions to learn more about each other’s quirks, lives and how we lead them day-to-day.

Here’s a taste of some of the questions I may ask with my own personal answers:

Royal Roads University at dusk – My favourite part of the day

Is there a documentary, presentation or article that really changed the way you thought about leadership?

The first seminar lecture I experienced in residency at Royal Roads University (RRU) was with Barb Stoddard my academic advisor and this was a momentous flash for me. A glimpse into the program solidified my decision to complete my MA in Leadership; I was exactly where I was meant to be. Barb has a way of engaging her peers that leaves you wanting more! Notice how I said peers? Even though we were students, she treated us as equals. The dialogue we had around personal leadership was the foundation I needed to move forward with my plans to become a better person, leader and facilitator.

What was the last book you read without skipping through anything?
Take Your Soul to Work – 365 Meditations On Every Day Leadership by Erica Brown. This book reminds me of Ronald Short’s book Learning in Relationship which we read in first residency at RRU. This book talks about how we should all lead from the inside out. I enjoyed this book because it’s a gentle reminder to pause between meetings, phone calls and emails; to reboot as needed.

What are your top four values as a leader?
Collaboration | Transparency | Fun | Passion

Zip lining, Shark diving, bungee jumping, or sky diving?
Zip lining

What accomplishments are you most proud of?
My MA in Leadership while working full-time for two years which tested my dedication and perseverance, donating a kidney to my Mom in 2001 and completing a 40 Before 40 list during the last four years of my 30’s!

What drives you to do what you do?
I love creating; whether it’s a craft, redecorating or building a workshop. The creative process is what motivates me to provide the best and supportive environment with fun and originality mixed in with it.

Which Superhero do you identify with and why?
For those of you who know me well, Wonder Woman of course. The inventor of the lie detector, William Moulton Marston, also created Wonder Woman hence her lasso of truth. I have always lived my life both personally and professionally in a way that brings integrity to situations and this is why I identify with Wonder Woman the most.

What three albums help define you or have shaped you as a person?

  • Purple Rain Prince
  • Front and Back Lionel Richie
  • The Miseducation of Lauren Hill

If you had one suggestion about leadership to share with a colleague of a younger or older generation than you, what would it be?
Show initiative. I’m of the Generation X cohort and part of the latchkey generation. Nearly every day I came home to an empty house after school. I was responsible for making my own snack or starting my homework. Although questions are always welcome, try to look for answers on your own first. This will allow you to feel more connected to your work and your colleagues will notice your initiative.

What is your spirit animal?
Hummingbird – of course! Want to learn why? Check out my previous blog post.

Live in the moment and join me in some dialogue! What superhero do you identify with? What is your spirit animal and why? What drives YOU?

2 Comments on “Which Superhero Are You?”

  1. I’d have to identify with Aquaman – because water is the element I am most drawn to. I grew up practically in the water all the time: I am drawn to the waters of Georgian Bay where my relatives have a cottage, or the calm ocean’s gentle waves at night when I worked on a cruise ship. I was a lifeguard for many years and taught countless children how to swim. Water is life-giving and nourishing and REFRESHING inside and out.

    My spirit animal is the dolphin – Janic, I’ll tell you in person why 😉

    I am driven by the desire to constantly be my best and contribute to the world I live in to improve it in any little way I can. I am driven by creativity and creative people. I am driven by connecting with others.

  2. Aquaman! Great choice Andrew and I can absolutely relate to your love of water. Our community here in London, ON is lucky to have you in our lives!

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